This event finished on: 6 October 2012
For Richard Alston Dance Company’s return home this year, the company has prepared an exciting programme containing three brand new pieces, Isthmus, Madcap and Darknesse Visible.
Alston is fascinated by the music of Jo Kondo, which moves with rapid light rhythms, both sharp and delicate. Alston’s Isthmus is a dance of nimble and breathtaking precision.
Following his most recent commission by Scottish Ballet to mark the Olympics, Martin Lawrance has now created Madcap a startlingly original new choreography with the music of New York collective, Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Shimmer is danced to the sun-drenched music of Ravel played live. Fashion designer Julien Macdonald’s fabulous, jewel-encrusted cobweb costumes illuminate dazzling streaks of limpid choreography.
Recently added to the programme, Alston has choreographed a brand new solo for Pierre Tappon, Darknesse Visible, set to the music of the same name by the composer Thomas Adès. Adès calls it an “explosion” of a seventeenth century lute song by John Dowland, In darkness let me dwell. Darknesse Visible is also a phrase from Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost. The dance uses imagery from both sources and has been specially created for this exclusive At Home season.
“A choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music” Deborah Craine, The Times